March 9th, 2004


Help us find Jen

A public post, just in case:

No news is good news, or at the least that's the way my prayers are headed. The case is official now, and Jen is in the national database for missing persons. A detective has been assigned to the case and is following it at a high priority level. Locally, friends and family have fliers they are spreading around, and Zola, our darling Guttermom, has made a web page for Jen here:

Please keep Jen and her family in your prayers/thoughts. Positive energy can only help.

And, as before, if you know or see something, but know that Jen wishes to stay anonymous, please don't hesitate to contact me privately. I'd feel so very, very much better if I only knew she was safe. It's been last July since I saw her in person, and I want very much to see her again this summer.

Since I've been asked more than once since Saturday night: No, this is not a hoax of any kind. Yes, there have been some extraordinary stresses in her life of late, and it's entirely possible that she's taken off to try to regain some sense of normalcy.

Stop reading here if you're in a fragile state. What follows is personal pain.

And to take it a bit farther than I've been asked, just in case: Yes, if you have information and do not want to share it with her family or the police, I will honor your confidence with immense gratitude. I just want the tearing my gut to stop, and I want to stop thinking about a little girl never hearing from her mommy again.

Nothing to lock tonight

There's no real news from Jen or Jeff today. But *so* many of you guys out there have been busy, busy, busy. Writing these updates is...hard. But no news is still good news, today.

There are a couple of ambiguous leads that are being checked out -- Jeff's making sure that the police follow *any* bit that comes their way, so don't hesitate to pass along anything you know. It will be checked out, no matter how silly. If you're out there, feeling hopeless, don't. Positive energy is what we need -- some believe in prayer, some believe in meditation, some in spells, some in communication with universal powers. And some just believe in what's real in this world. Whatever it is that you believe in, point that power in Jen's direction if you can find a way.

Of course my offer to mask any private information stands, as well.

In more concrete terms, nmissi had a great suggestion. If you live in the continental US, grab a flier from the website and take a drive to some of the rest stops and gas stations near you. Drop off a picture of Jen, in case she stops for gas or a soda. We've got more manpower here than the Fairfax County Police, I'm quite sure. Let's put it to use.